Our rotational grazing pasture

Crispy Salt and Pepper Squid

Been trying a lot of seafood batter recipes and this one worked really well. Looking forward to using it for fish and chips!
adapted from Rick Stein from Food and Wine
3/4 pound squid, cleaned and cut up
1/4 cup corn or potato starch
1/4 cup flour(I used a gluten free Bob's Mill flour you can also use buckwheat flour)
1/4 cup seltzer water plus 2 tablespoons or until it is smooth. Be careful it goes from lumpy to wet very quickly!
1/2 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns, crushed
1/2 white peppercorns, crushed (black are fine too!)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Lime, scallions and cilantro to garnish

I love, love my fry daddy. It is so easy and uses less oli then frying it on your stove. I have fond memories of my mother and I making shrimp tempura together with our fry daddy. So easy and fun.

Ok so heat up some oil. I use canola.

Then, mix the flour and starch together. Add pepper and salt and then add the seltzer.

Dip the squid into the hot oil and fry until crispy. You will want to do batches. Do not crowd them folks!

Remove and drain on paper towels.

Garnish with lime, scallion and cilantro.

This goes REALLY well with a chilled floral dry white wine! Yum!

My two doggies playing in the snow!

Flynn checking out the pig huts!

My father is building these huts so that the sows can be with their piglets on pasture come spring! They are designed so that they can be moved with the tractor all over the farm. The hope is that the pigs and their nitrogen rich manure will help us go biodynamic.

Broad Breasted White Turkeys

Thanksgiving is coming soon. Fall is in the air, and I am craving things like yams with pecans and pumkin soup. Lovely time of the year, and it is when American cuisine is possibly at its' most original and delicious!

These turkey are Broad Breasted White Turkeys the most common of farmed turkeys. We do not have turkey ourselves but many farmer's make a lot of money on thanksgiving turkeys, especially rare breeds.

Does anyone have any advice on raising turkeys? What are your favorite breeds?

Cows and Calves On Pasture!

I have decided to launch a new blog.

Here I will chronicle rural New York with thoughts, photographs and some recipes.

My food blog has become a success and I would like to branch out more and talk specifically about farming.

My hope is to inspire, teach and advocate about the glory but also the complexity of growing food.

This blog is still in
development but if you have any advice or suggestions please feel free to contact me.

Thank you for stopping by!

Our Cows!

Our Cows!, originally uploaded by ulrika_kjarval.

Danish Pork Meatballs or Frikadeller


Place in a food processor

  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 1 pound pork
  • 2 small eggs
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • for frying:
  • 1/2 stick of butter

Preparation: combine all together in food processor, melt butter in a heavy skillet at a medium heat(not too hot!).
using a tablespoon spoon out meat mixture place in pan, you can flatten a bit with a spatula. Cook ten minutes on each side.

My Max running at the top of his game

My dog max despite being very small can not get enough of our farm!

Treadwell, NY

Treadwell, NY, originally uploaded by ulrika_kjarval.

lemon pistachio linguini

lemon pistachio linguini, originally uploaded by ulrika_kjarval.
  • 1 pound thin linguini
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest (2 large lemons)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped pistachios
  • 1 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano

Treadwell, NY

Treadwell, NY, originally uploaded by ulrika_kjarval.

Poached Soy Sauce Chicken

Poached Soy Sauce Chicken, originally uploaded by ulrika_kjarval.

My Potato Harvest!

My Potato Harvest!, originally uploaded by ulrika_kjarval.

How gorgeous did they come out?
How did your potatoes come out?

Treadwell, NY

Treadwell, NY, originally uploaded by ulrika_kjarval.